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UNT volleyball wins its final non-conference game

UNT volleyball wins its final non-conference game

September 25
20:03 2013

Akshay Mirchandani / Staff Writer

After dropping four of its last five games, the Mean Green volleyball team returned home for the first time since Sept. 7 for a win against Stephen F. Austin University.

The first two sets went the same for UNT (8-8), as the team started off trailing but took a lead that it wouldn’t relinquish. The Mean Green beat SFA (10-5) in straight sets (25-19, 25-22, 25-22).

“We had some timely passing and then timely defense,” head coach Andrew Palileo said. “We got three, four points ahead and we were able to sustain it because of our side-out game, so that was probably a key to tonight.”

Sophomore outside hitter Carnae Dillard led the way with 15 kills and eight digs. Freshman setter Amy Henard, coming off the Conference USA setter of the week award last week, notched 41 assists.

“We did a lot of things we were supposed to do,” Dillard said. “Staying calm when we were down, having lots of energy and just things like that.”

UNT improved to 5-1 at the Mean Green Volleyball Complex and can increase that record with four out of its next six games at home.

“We’re really excited about it being at home just because of the fan base,” Henard said. “We always have a pretty good crowd, especially the band. It really pumps us up, so we love playing at home.”

This was the last game for UNT before C-USA play starts against Eastern Carolina University on Friday.

“It’s a time for us to show what we really have against conference,” Dillard said. “Preseason doesn’t matter anymore. We’ve just got to focus on conference.”

Henard said that the team needs more consistency going into conference games, but that the players are excited to “start over” during these games that count towards the postseason.

The Mean Green will be back in action against ECU on Friday at 7 p.m. and Middle Tennessee State University on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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